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Man smashes up a car in revenge… before realising it was the wrong car

Man smashes up wrong car in revenge attack, causing damage to the bodywork and shattering the windows and light clusters. 

A man smashed up a car believing it to be his enemy’s, but it turned out to be someone else’s. A £13,400 Volkswagon Golf was completely destroyed by Daniel Zahir Ali Rushdi, from Loughborough, who caused significant damage to the bodywork of the car, shattering the windows and light clusters. He also slashed the tyres and interior upholstery using a knife.

It was only when Mr Rushdi was arrested did he realise he had vandalised the wrong vehicle. When confronted by police officers, Rushdi claimed he had popped out to buy a bottle of milk, but was arrested due to inconsistencies in his story and fragments of glass from the broken car windows were later found in his clothing.

Alan Murphy, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court: “Local residents heard the continuous sound of banging at about 12:50am. Two witnesses saw a male repeatedly striking what turned out to be the VW Golf and heard a car alarm was sounding.”

“One [witness] saw the male get into another vehicle and noted the registration number. The defendant was seen by the police, about 20 minutes later, at a petrol station in Leicester Road, Loughborough,” Mr Murphy added.

Judge Michael Pert QC said: “The only explanation you’ve put forward is that it was a mistake and you thought it was someone else’s car. So you attacked and destroyed this car belonging to a person who’d done nothing wrong to you.”

Rushdi pleaded guilty to causing damage to the car and has been jailed for 14 months. 

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